The second phase of the Construction Industry Vaccination Programme (CIVac), which will run from 5 August until 15 September, will involve 55,000 construction workers in Johor and Penang.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof revealed that registration for the vaccination opened on 12 July, with 30,000 slots set aside for those working in Penang and 25,000 for construction workers in Johor, reported Bernama.
“Right now, all slots in Johor were fully booked, while the registration in Penang still ongoing as only 22,800 slots were booked so far,” he said.
He said that registration for CIVac will also be opened for 20,000 workers in Pahang from 25 July and another 20,000 construction workers in Sabah from 31 July.
CIVac’s Phase One started on 1 July in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, with the aim of vaccinating 40,000 local and foreign construction workers.
As of 20 July, 60.26% (24,106) of workers registered under the programme had been given their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, he shared.
“The ministry is in the midst of applying for more vaccine supply from the National Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to meet the demand of 300,000 construction workers, including for another 65,000 workers in Kuala Lumpur and 30,000 in Selangor,” explained Fadillah as quoted by Bernama.
“The request for additional quota of the vaccine would continue based on the current demand of the construction industry.”
A mobile vaccination centre will also be provided by Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), should there be a request, he added.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme for the construction workers is an initiative taken by CIDB under the Works Ministry to ramp up the vaccination rate among the frontliners and reduce COVID-19 infection clusters at workplaces.